RCS Review: The Tecovas Dukes

It took a little bit, but the wait was worth it.  Tecovas has been doing the Lord’s work in the area of cowboy boots and ropers, offering high quality boots in a direct-to-consumer model which keeps the price low.  I did a piece on them a while back; they are great folks out of Austin.  Cowboy boots and ropers at the $225 price point…very intriguing, right?

Back in mid-August, I took advantage of their first special order: chocolate ostrich roper boots, affectionately known as ‘The Dukes’.  I’d been looking at a pair of ostrich ropers for a while, but had a hard time justifying the price.  Tecovas’ offer at $295 was too good to pass up.  They arrived last week, and I thought I’d share my experience:

Out of the box, the are what you’d expect from a pair of cowboy boots.  The sturdy box, the smell of the leather, and the wrapping.  The leather is rich, especially the ostrich.  It is a perfect chocolate brown, and isn’t too ‘shiny’ (you know what I mean).

The fit was dead on.  I typically wear a 9D in Alden, a 10D in 992s, and went with a 9.5.  These fit perfectly.  These boots are ready to go.

What is great about these boots is the comfort.  These boots feel GREAT from the word go.  I’ve worn them a couple times, one of which for an extended period, and I had no problems.  I’ve had quite a few issues with breaking in new boots and shoes…not with these.

I’m really happy with these boots.  The price tag is almost impossible to beat.  I was bumming around Cavender’s in Dallas, and most of the ostrich ropers were double the price, and a good bit of them had that weird square toe, which looked like Ronald McDonald had a lawn mower accident.  I’m not into that look.

Call me a traditionalist.  I’m proud of it.  With that being the case, what do you look for in a good pair of boots?  Style?  Heel?  Color?  Leather?  Don’t forget price…  I don’t deviate too far from the median, and neither does Tecovas.  These boots are just what the doctor ordered.

You like the ostrich model?  I heard a rumor that they might be coming back…



  1. Nem
    11/03/2016 / 9:18 AM

    That’s a good looking Roper. I’ve never considered a roper other than my Red Wings and Russells, but these look like top quality.

    I’m currently on the hunt for another pair of traditional western boots…narrowed down to Lucchese, Tony Lama, Paul Bond, JB Hill, and Frye. The Tecovas Cartwright western model looks like the economy option but I’m not digging the toe or the short shaft height. Keep us posted on how your ropers break in over the winter.

  2. JGW
    11/03/2016 / 10:26 PM

    Any details on when these will be available again? Good looking boot at that price point

  3. GTW
    11/04/2016 / 3:28 PM

    I’m a BIG fan of those ostrich ropers. Only issue: I’m a pretty consistent size 15D and they stop right at 14s. It’s impossible to find boots (and shoes in general) in my size, which is why I’m still wearing the Justin ropers that I beat to hell in college.

  4. REA
    11/18/2016 / 12:23 PM

    To be fair to Ronald McDonald; his square-toe boots date back to before the 1800’s and were mainly the toe worn by cowboys. The Roper, Snip

  5. REA
    11/18/2016 / 12:27 PM

    To be fair to Ronald McDonald; his square-toe boots date back to before the 1800’s and were mainly the toe worn by cowboys. The Point, Snip and J-Toe are actually the Johnny-Come-Lately fad popularized by Spaghetti Westerns i yhe 50’s.

    The more you know right?

    I will say though…actually really digging Tecovas, and looking to grab some.

  6. WGU
    06/12/2017 / 4:19 PM

    So, after a few months of wear, what’s your verdict on Tecovas, RCS? Very interested in ordering some, but want to know what people think after the newness wears off.

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